Legacy Resource Holders

Legacy resources are those Internet number resources obtained prior to or otherwise outside the current hierarchical Internet registry system. When AFRINIC inherited members and records from RIPE NCC, ARIN and APNIC, it was established that each of these RIRs had different parameters for classifying legacy resource holders.

Although there is no contractual relationship and obligation between legacy resources holders and AFRINIC, legacy resources holders still benefit from AFRINIC registry service support such as WHOIS, reverse DNS and the Internet Routing Registry. They do not however benefit from access to the MyAFRINIC Portal and the services it offers. AFRINIC provides supports only to its members that signed a contractual (Registration Services) agreement. There are currently around 350 legacy resources holders registered in the AFRINIC WHOIS database.

AFRINIC encourages legacy resource holders to become AFRINIC members and to take advantage of all services it offers to its members.

For more information about AFRINIC membership, please visit https://www.afrinic.net/en/services/becoming-a-member

  • How a company can know if it is a Legacy resource holder as such in AFRINIC database? 
    By sending an e-mail to "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."
  • Are you a legacy Internet resource holder and want to know how to become an AFRINIC member?
    If you are a holder of legacy IP resources block(s) and/or AS Number(s) and request for additional IPv4 resources, IPv6 resources as well as ASNs to scale up your operations, you are welcome to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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